Our black and silver wool tallits are 42” long and 71” around the shoulders. The crown, which is worn around the neck, reads “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has command us to wear the tzizit.” The tzizit is the fringe of the garment. The corners read. “God will bring us to Zion joyfully.”
The Joseph Tallit Prayer Shawl (Black)
This black-and-silver wool tallit measures 42” long and 71” around the shoulders. The crown, which is worn around the neck, reads, “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has command us to wear the tzizit” in Hebrew.
This anointed tallit prayer shawl was handmade in Israel by Holocaust survivors. The Joseph tallit has a unique and beautiful story of heritage and honor that accompanies it.
Made in Tel Aviv at the Talitnia tallit factory, this tallit prayer shawl is more than a decorative piece of fabric—it can be considered a family heirloom.
The prayer shawl, in order to be anointed, must have the tzitzit tied by the hands of an orthodox Jew. It is for this reason that Holocaust survivors come together to hand sow all of the fringes (tzitzit) that attach to the ends of the wool tallit.
The Story of the Joseph Tallit Prayer Shawl
In the late 19th century, the Avnar family, who lived in Poland, started a tallit factory. As the children of the Avnar family grew, the eldest, David, was encouraged to move to Israel and was later joined by his other brother. During World War II, David’s brother was sadly captured and taken to Auschwitz, where he later died.
David, raised to love the people of Israel and the Torah, longed to serve the Jewish people in Israel. He discovered that the only prayer shawls available were Turkish and made from coarse wool. He saw the need to make high-quality tallits locally and approached some influential Jewish leaders in the area who encouraged him to start a prayer shawl weaving factory.
The Tallit Prayer Shawl Points to Our Heritage
When David’s grandson was 18 and about to join the IDF, he went to the factory and opened the door to a room within the building to find a large assortment of tallits his great uncle had made before being captured and taken to Auschwitz—precious inventory that had been kept there for years.
In that moment, David’s grandson, entering the next stage of his life, was able to look back at the rich heritage of his family and feel connected to his roots.
Why Is It Called the “Joseph” Tallit Prayer Shawl?
In Genesis 41 we learn about Joseph, the son of Jacob and Rachel. Joseph is recognized as Jacob’s favorite out of his 12 sons. Jacob gives Joseph a “long coat of many colors” as a gift.
Later in Joseph’s life—after his brothers took his coat and sold him to a group of Ishmaelite traders—he rises up to a position of authority, second only to the king of Egypt. Joseph was able to interpret dreams that others could not, and this won him favor in the king’s eyes.
As the story goes, Joseph’s wisdom and the insightful dreams given to him as visions from the Lord help him prepare all of Egypt for the 7 years of famine that would come after 7 years of abundance.
This Joseph tallit prayer shawl represents the mantle of protection that was given to Joseph during those years and places it around you.
We pray your authority and protection increases in the Lord as you unfold your tallit and cover your shoulders.
How You Can Use the Joseph Tallit Prayer Shawl
The tallit prayer shawl is often used to dedicate children and babies, and some couples choose to be married under them. They represent God’s wings of protection. Traditionally, the tzizit are wrapped around the fingers of those whom it is covering and serve as a reminder that even when you can’t hold on to God, He is holding on to you.
This Joseph tallit prayer shawl magnifies the truth of Isaiah 41:10…
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
We hope you are blessed as you put on your Joseph tallit prayer shawl and feel the protection of God surround you.
|Dimensions||10.5 × 16 × 3 in|